The interesting thing about getting honest feedback is that we should always consider the source.
What if they are full of it? What if they are not?
This makes it tough because often the source itself is reliable, but the source’s exposure and comprehension may be influenced only by second-hand or pre-filtered information.
As a parent or a boss, we often get little exposure to what is actually happening in the day to day. So we rely on others to give us feedback.
The inherent challenge with this perception of reality is our optimism, values, filter, problems, goals, health, and so on, is not based on eye-witness observations.